October 31, 2020

Eddie Hearn blasts judge after footage appears to show him using PHONE during Ritson vs Vazquez title fight

Eddie Hearn blasts judge after footage appears to show him using PHONE during Ritson vs Vazquez title fight

BOXING promoter Eddie Hearn says judge Terry O’Connor should be ‘removed’ if it is proved that he was on his phone during the Lewis Ritson versus Miguel Vazquez fight.

A photo is being circulated on social media that appears to show the 67-year-old looking on a mobile as he is seated ringside.

Terry O'Connor is ringside judging Lewis Ritson versus Miguel Vazquez - but his attention seems to be elsewhere

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Terry O’Connor is ringside judging Lewis Ritson versus Miguel Vazquez – but his attention seems to be elsewhereCredit: Twitter@markstaylor1980
Many people think judge Terry O'Connor appears to be looking at a mobile phone ringside

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Many people think judge Terry O’Connor appears to be looking at a mobile phone ringsideCredit: Twitter@markstaylor1980
Eddie Hearn wants action if it is proved the judge was on his phone

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Eddie Hearn wants action if it is proved the judge was on his phone

Matchroom boss Hearn, who promoted the show in question that saw Ritson secure a controversial points win, has called for an investigation.

Hearn shared the photo on Twitter, writing: “If that’s a phone (and I presume it is) then then BBBofC should immediately remove him.”

And WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman also retweeted the snap, writing: “This image is extremely troubling to any person involved in boxing”.

In terms of the bout he was judging, O’Connor awarded it to home fighter Ritson, 117-111.

This was despite Sky Sports commentators, pundits and even Hearn himself believing Vazquez had comfortably done enough to win the fight.

Fellow judge Michael Alexander also scored it to Ritson, 115-113 with Marcus McDonnell handing it to the Mexican, 116-113.

SunSport has contacted the British Boxing Board of Control for their comments on the matter.

It’s not the first-time O’Connor has been caught up in controversy.

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WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman thinks O'Connor was indeed on a mobile device

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WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman thinks O’Connor was indeed on a mobile device
Lewis Ritson somehow won on points against Miguel Vazquez

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Lewis Ritson somehow won on points against Miguel VazquezCredit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd

He was one of three judges who gave Callum Smith a wide-points win against John Ryder in November last year.

Many thought Ryder had shocked the champ into his first ever loss. O’Connor gave that fight 117-111 too.

The Birmingham judge was also slammed by promoter Mick Hennessey in 2017 when he gave Joseph Parker a 118-110 decision against Hughie Fury.

Hennessey said that O’Connor had ‘buckled under pressure’.

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